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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Herder Of Code Re:Niggers. (358 comments)

Lol, I've seen the poor parts of Liberia (very briefly, yay!) and I don't think there's any kind of mass media reaching those places beside word of mouth.

2 days ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Herder Of Code Re:Truly sad (358 comments)

You know, pee is mostly sterile, so pee on hands is not exactly a disease vector :p

2 days ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Herder Of Code Re:Why in America? (155 comments)

Well, our job market is rather good right now, we skipped the whole mortgage thingy in 07-08, so no we're not super excited about hosting things that are illegal in the states.

about a month ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Herder Of Code Re:Download vs indexing (87 comments)

What they're talking about is a somewhat easier task. They don't want to implant new memories, they want NEW ones to be able to form from the user input.

That's going to be extremely difficult but less so than implanting memories, especially from a source other than you.

about a month and a half ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Herder Of Code Re:GIGO (197 comments)

I have a hard time believing so much objective-c is being written. Maybe the list assumes that all ios apps are in objective-C which is false.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Herder Of Code Re:Not Aluminum? Not a good sign. (247 comments)

Like the parent said, the ph of concrete become more and more neutral as the years go by. Here in Quebec pretty much all the old bridges, pedestrian bridges, etc built in the 60s-70s need to be teared down because they're basically 100% concrete and the rebars have swollen make them lose chunks all the time. As you can imagine that's not a very positive experience for cars going under those bridges.

As for sacrificial materials, well the whole point is that they get "sacrified" ie: eaten up before the metal you want to protect. At some point depending on conditions, your anode will have been fully corroded, galvanized or whatever the reaction is. So, it's not going to be indefinitely. I had a to swap the anode on a 4 year old water heater for example because of the water composition here.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Herder Of Code Re:Should probably be locked up (185 comments)

Well, he used a computer at some point so it's Slashdot material :)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Herder Of Code Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

Intelisense: There was a trick, you make the intelisense files not writable and then it won't update anymore. Then you use Visual Assist and you're golden :)

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Herder Of Code Re:NOT. GODDA. HAPPEN. (275 comments)

We could probably already do this, it just wouldnt be cost effective. Good old humans are pretty cheap :)

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

Herder Of Code Re:Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

Or how about this crazy thought? There's no detachment and re attachment of souls because we don't have a magical out of body spirit presence where our mind is stored :).

about 3 months ago
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Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

Herder Of Code Re:unhealthy (59 comments)

Anecdotal evidence for the win

about 3 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

Herder Of Code Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (164 comments)

Yes and use what? It's not like there's a serious option that's an industry standard. I've never worked in a game studio where artists used something else beside photoshop or someone would even consider something else. They have the same kind of lock in microsoft had, it's not just about the "os" it's about the giant ecosystem of plugin built around photoshop, the millions of line written in custom import script for art assets in most studios, etc.

Also, the thing that strikes me the most is that everyone seems to completely misunderstand the impact of the cloud service being down. They way Creative Cloud works right now is *the same* as Steam works, you use it to download and manage your software. You software is not running in the cloud, it's just a fancy pant download manager. The impact is NOTHING for users who have it installed. The only thing that's impacted is users who want to download photoshop or whatever. They do warn you: "Oh btw, you're not connected to cloud service, make sure to reconnect before the END OF AUGUST if you don't want your software to be disabled.

My users don't really care if their software is being installed through "Steam/Creative Cloud". As a matter of fact they are not allowed to mess with that anyway :). The real story is more how the licensing deals are changing, that's all. For the current studio I'm working at, we've found that *currently* the CC deal is way cheaper and anyway other options are going to disapear. It's not like we're stupid and we don't see what they're doing by trying trap us all with CC licences and THEN jack up the prices but there's not really any choice. Frankly they'd have to jack up prices to some pretty insane level before we'd have to call it quit, too much legacy software is riding on this.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Herder Of Code Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

There's a reason why we ask those questions. I always ask the candidate if he can explain to me how a linked list works ( no code ) and then can he please write a small struct/class for a binary tree node. No processing function, just the node with a data payload. Then how would I traverse the tree? The goal is to see if the candidate has some kind of grasp of how pointers work. This is where 90% of the candidates failed. We were also an embedded C++ shop and I needed candidates who knew what a pointer was.

I always asked them questions about personal projects but you needed to demonstrate to me that you had a fundamental understanding of pointers and memory as we had to write a lot of device specific optimization/memory management.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Herder Of Code Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

Them words be the truth. HR was pretty clear that we had to have a defense ready in case someone played the discrimination card. That meant written tests that were pass/fail. Even if we interviewed John Carmack, if he did not pass that test HR would refuse him any further interview steps. The interview themselves had to follow a certain pattern and we had to write down what we asked.

As a sidenote, I thought I would've a hearth attack when the manager next to me asked a candidate if she was planning on having kids soon. I was like oh god, oh god, oh god. I guess nothing came of it because we hired her but still.

about 3 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

Herder Of Code Re:The only features ... (243 comments)

Well, even if you're only interested in making/receiving calls with your phone, you have to admit that *in general*, it's much easier to manage contacts, call logs, sens SMS, etc when using a smartphone than with a dumb phone or a feature phone. Sending SMS on those feature phones used to be a total nightmare and I would do it only as a last resort.

Heck my dad, my uncle and my father in law ( all above 60 y/old) used to barely be able to make/take calls on feature phones. Now they have the cheapest refurb iphone and without having to teach/show them they use contacts and call logs, according to them it "changed their life" for the better having those contacts on hand at all time.

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

Herder Of Code Re:Uh, that doesn't work (465 comments)

Look, I'm Canadian and while I'm proud of the standards each soldier has to uphold in our military, I'm afraid Quality might come up a bit short against Quantity. Meaning there are WAY too many Americans for us to suppress in case of a revolution.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Herder Of Code Re:"there's not much to indicate difficulty" (278 comments)

That's crazy talk, if you do that you won't be able to charge your clients enormous change fees when they realize they didn't really want a wall, they wanted a 5 bedroom house.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Herder Of Code Re:"there's not much to indicate difficulty" (278 comments)

Most software engineers I know have a fixed salary with no over time pay. There's no possibility of working overtime to make up for the price a plumber would cost me to change a faucet. I can either take the financial loss or do it myself to save money.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Herder Of Code Re:Simple (435 comments)

I've worked with a lot of embedded system where memory was under 64MB and that was recent stuff. You have custom allocators for everything so that you can track with tools where every single MB went. For us the STL usually gets wrapped or replaced to prevent non system engineers from doing really stupid crap with it ( the things I've seen...) we need to account for all that memory. Mostly changes were things like fixed size vectors.

Anyways, look at iOS dev for an ARM SoC. Still today, developping an app that uses over a 100MB of RAM is pretty iffy. You'll get low memory warnings on plenty of iOS devices. I usually had to develop with managed languages and I really, really missed the ability of having custom allocators to track every single byte. It just makes memory profiling incredibly time consuming and imprecise IMHO with most of those languages. Some of those did have really good memory tracking tools but it wasn't ported to the iOS version, others just plain don't have detailed memory allocation tracking.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Herder Of Code Re:Simple (435 comments)

That's funny, I was reflecting on my days working with EASTL too. But yeah, it's all about memory allocation. People don't realize how incredibly tight memory was on a Wii/PS3/Xbox 360.

about 4 months ago

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